These days I’m featuring another print I designed for the Spring Collection, I wished a painterly mod floral to be a element. I’ve dubbed this pattern Painted Peonies and it was a whole lot of exciting to generate. I utilized multiple processes, it started with a rough sketch of a peony (many in fact), they have been mixed to kind a simple repeat then every single print was colorized to form the petal outline.painted peonies fabrics kate riley

To develop the four colorways, I digitally painted each pattern petal by petal and stroke by stroke with brushes so every of the four prints is subtly diverse.

sketch 4


sketch 2


In fabric kind it is an edgy floral and I love it mixed with the Splatter pattern I launched yesterday.

black and white peonies and splatter pillows


I utilized the brilliant blue Marine colorway to develop a washable lined tote bag and this truly is the easiest bag to make!

marine blue floral diy tote bag

I searched substantial and minimal across the internet for a basic tote bag tutorial, I came across a bunch of them and watched some videos but all of them involved a whole lot of steps and my brain commenced to get fuzzy reading about how to make them.

I needed to make one thing SUPER basic so I came up with my own technique. I like my bags a tiny wider and a lot more shallow, I dislike fishing all around in the bottom of a deep bag for objects so this style is what I wished, plus it’s relaxed to carry in your hand or slung across your shoulder.&#160

It is extremely straightforward, if you can sew a straight line, you can make this basic tote bag! I’ve manufactured three so far, they only take about thirty minutes after you have created the material cuts. One yard of 54” fabric yields 1 lined washable bag (I used the Marine Painted Peonies in linen/cotton), here’s the diagram of the pieces to cut and sew.&#160&#160

fabric pieces


Step A single: Minimize your pieces as indicated over then sew the straps initial. I flip the fabric within out so the pattern faces itself, stitch along the side, then use a security pin to weave the fabric by way of so it is appropriate side out.

sew tote strap

This is optional, but you can sew the edges of the strap to make sure it lays flat at all occasions. If you skip this stage, just press it flat with an iron following you wash the tote and when it comes out of the dryer.

sew sides of strap

Stage Two: Fold in excess of the biggest piece so that the A side meets the C side with the pattern facing itself (inside out) and sew with each other.

sew a to c

Phase Three: Now sew the material with each other along the B and D sides, but not in the middle. Allow for 8” in the middle in which you’ll attach the straps. Pin the straps to every of the B and D sides in the middle as proven, they must be 26” lengthy but you will tuck 1” in on each side to make the full length of the strap 24” for relaxed carrying.

strap on b and d sides

Phase 4: Sew a straight stitch near to the edge to safe the straps and near the 8” opening on each the B and D sides of the tote bag.

attach strap


Phase 5: Fold more than the B side to the D side now that the straps are attached and sew the A and C sides with each other, generating sure the back side of the straps are dealing with up (considering that you will be reversing it so the correct side of the straps face out correctly when the bag is complete.) You’re virtually total tote bag need to look some thing like this:

looks like satchel

Stage Six: You are nearly completed, now just form the square base of the tote. Do this by measuring three ½” from the corner and forming a triangle. I enlisted my tiny boy to assist hold the measuring tape in spot to demonstrate! Sew straight across to kind the square bottom (that triangle will go within the base of the tote.)&#160

form inside corner


sew straight across


You’re carried out!&#160 Flip it inside out to reveal your tote bag! (Pocket guidelines under).

diy blue floral tote bag


Here in Sonoma County, California they passed an ordinance outlawing plastic bags at the grocery keep and requiring you to use your personal bags at the marketplace or get a paper bag for 10 cents each and every. It’s a tax I dislike to pay out so I carry my own bags to the market place these days, so why not have the cutest bag for groceries? I’ll be keeping two of these in the auto for my trips to the market place many times a week.

diy simple sew market tote


If you want to include the the optional pocket for smaller sized items, here’s how. Fold the piece within out from the diagram above so the pattern faces itself, and stitch it together on 3 sides to form a square, then flip that within out. It’s greatest to press it flat with an iron to distinguish the square shape of the pocket. Use a plain or fancy stitch on your sewing machine to attach the pocket on 3 sides to the outside of your tote bag.

decorative stitch for pocket

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Lined and washable, the simplest tote bag ever!

simple sew tote bag


Tomorrow I’ll be sharing one more new print and an additional DIY venture, come on back to see it.

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